From our area
Browse through these atractions and stories about the area.
Op 1 Augustus 2014 gooi ons pas-gerestoureerde Ou Tronk sy deure oop vir die publiek!!! Hier, onder een dak, kan u "hmm" en "haa" oor alles wat te seien is in die "terug in tyd" winkeltjie; 'n kraakvars broodjie uit hul buite-oond(binne-in) koop; 'n heerlike koppie koffie in die koffiewinkel geniet en die motor se kattebak vol met ons wereld se plantjies laai!!
Dis ook die dag waarop Wilna Eloff, botaniese kunstenaar se kunsuitstalling begin - haar nuwe reeks werke van skaars vetplantspesies uit Namakwaland gaan uitgestal word vir 'n paar weke. Sestien kunswerke van endemiese plante soos die "curly wurlies", "pig's ears" en "horse's teeth" maak deel uit van die uitstalling.
Of the 177 bird species endemic to Southern Africa, 77 are found in in the VRD area! So it was definitely time to start a bird watchers club. Salome Willemse, the driving force behind the founding of the Namaqua Birders Club, is an enthusiastic birder who keeps everyone on their toes and ensures that not a single week passes without an excursion hoping for yet another sighting to tick off on our individual lists. In the VRD, Kobee and Gifberg area alone, aproximately 108 different species are to be found. The club logo displays the Namaqua Warbler. Our first formal outing was end of March 2014. We braved the Deep-Kobee and what an unforgettable experience! Amongst the many birds we saw was also the Jackal Buzzard and Verreaux’s Eagle. What a treat to observe the smaller species and endeavour to identify thier calls and mating habits – there were the bokmakierie; acacia pied barbet; large-billed lark; cape clapper lark; vleiloerie, southern boubou and many more. We live in a bird paradise. Come and enjoy a day with us, bring your binocs and should you not be familiar with the area,
Jacques & Nadia Tredoux are two very knowledgable and energetic tour guides.
Using Vanrhynsdorp as your base, you can travel in just about any direction and you will find colour! Pink and white and yellow meets the eye. Big patches of white as you travel up the Gifberg, pink as you enter the Knersvlakte and a variation of colour towards Nieuwoudtville.
What a free feel when you visit the Waterfall on the Urionskraal road - what a miracle to see an area transformed into colour, an area just short of barren a month ago! It is a must see!!